American Bar Association Section of Labor and Employment Law and The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers Annual Law Student Writing Competition for 2015-2016

The ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law and the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers are pleased to announce their 2015-2016 writing competition. This competition is open to articles written while the author is a student at an accredited law school in the United States. Authors may not have graduated from law school prior to December 1, 2015. Graduate students in law school (LL.M. candidates) are not eligible.

Entries should address aspects of public or private sector labor and/or employment law relevant to the American labor and employment bar. Students are encouraged to discuss a public policy issue, practical implications of a leading case or doctrine, a statute or the need for statutory modification, or a common law doctrine. Articles may address U.S. law, international law of relevance to U.S. labor and employment attorneys, or how a legal topic is treated in states across the country. Papers limited to the law of a single state will not be considered. Papers must be analytical in nature, not merely a summary of the law. Students must present and discuss competing points of view with respect to the issue addressed and must distinguish their conclusions from opposing positions with sound logic and reference to multiple primary and secondary sources. We discourage students from writing articles about a recent Supreme Court decision or a case pending before the Supreme Court unless the article focuses upon case law or statutory developments subsequent to the Supreme Court’s decision.

The following prizes may be awarded by the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers: First Place: $3000, Second Place: $1000, Third Place: $500. The first-place winning article will be published in the ABA Journal of Labor & Employment Law. In addition, the author will be a guest at the annual CLE program of the ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law and honored at the Annual Induction Dinner of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers. The College and the Section reserve the right not to select any article for publication or award any prizes if, in their judgment, the submissions do not meet their standards for outstanding legal writing.


  1. Judges will pay specific attention to these questions:
    • Is the topic relevant to labor and employment law practice?
    • Is the paper well written?
    • How well is the author’s position argued and supported?
    • Is the topic handled with originality and not simply descriptive of a court decision or other legal development?
  2. Entries will also be evaluated on grammar, spelling, usage and syntax, clarity, structure, overall appearance, strength of writing, and strength of consideration of competing viewpoints.
  3. Students are strongly encouraged to confer or consult with a labor or employment law professor or practitioner on topic selection and in the formation of arguments presented in the paper. However, manuscripts must be the original work of a single author, may not have been written for paid employment, and may not have been submitted for publication elsewhere.
  4. The article should be in 12-point Times New Roman font, double-spaced, with the footnotes single-spaced and double-spacing between footnotes on 8 ½ x 11 inch paper with one-inch margins on all sides. The manuscript, exclusive of the cover page, must be between 20 and 35 pages. Do not submit endnotes, a table of contents, or table of cases. Articles must be submitted as two attachments, one in Microsoft Word and one in PDF format. Please do not use the author’s name when saving the file.
  5. All citations should conform to The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation (20th Edition).
  6. Submissions must have been written while the author was a student at an accredited law school in the United States. Authors may not have graduated from law school prior to December 1, 2015. Graduate students in law school (LL.M. candidates) are not eligible.
  7. No person may submit more than one entry.
  8. The judges reserve the right not to award any prizes and to reject any or all submissions.
  9. Articles must be submitted via email, using the subject line “Writing Competition,” by midnight (EDT) on June 15, 2016. To assure that competition judges are not provided information on authors’ identity, a separate cover page must also be submitted that includes the paper’s title, author’s name, law school, graduation date, e-mail, street address and telephone number. No personal information should appear on the manuscript itself; however, the title should appear at the top of the first page and pages should be numbered. Do not include your name as part of the file names of your Word or PDF documents; instead use a descriptive name related to the subject matter of your article, such as “Sexual Harassment” or “Union Organizing.”

Publication and Prizes:

  1. The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers may award the following prizes: First Place: $3000, Second Place: $1000, Third Place: $500.
  2. The first-place winning article will be published in the ABA Journal of Labor & Employment Law.
  3. The names of the authors of the second- and third-place winning articles will be mentioned in the ABA Journal of Labor & Employment Law.
  4. The author of the first-place winning article will be invited as a guest of the annual CLE program of the ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law and honored at the Annual Induction Dinner of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers.
  5. The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers may, at its discretion, include a copy of any or all of the prize-winning manuscripts in an issue of its newsletter and/or on its web site.


Internet Public Interest Opportunities Program (IPIOP) Clerkships

The EPIC Internet Public Interest Opportunities Program (IPIOP) is an intensive legal internship with EPIC that is held during the summer, fall, and spring terms. IPIOP seeks outstanding law students interested in public interest issues related to the Internet to spend a summer or a semester at the EPIC office in Washington.


Description: Learn about the legislative process, public interest litigation, the Freedom of Information Act, online activism, and emerging Internet issues. The IPIOP Program gives law students the opportunity to actively participate in valuable programs in Internet law, policy, and legislation. IPIOP clerks also attend weekly seminars led by eminent scholars and practitioners in the field of Internet policy. The goal of the program is to provide opportunities for clerks to experience first-hand the new and exciting intersection between Internet law and public policy.

Washington, D.C. provides an ideal location for an introduction to Internet law and policy. IPIOP clerks attend agency proceedings, policy meetings, Congressional hearings, and visit many landmarks in the Nation’s Capital.

Legislation: IPIOP clerks research and draft memoranda on critical issues before Congress, and attend hearings. Clerks learn about the legislative process, which is the critical opportunity for public interest organizations to make a case directly to lawmakers, to engage in discussion about the details of proposed legislation, and to establish connections with critical committees and decision makers.

Government Oversight: The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) is a powerful tool for public interest organizations to learn about otherwise inscrutable governmental activities and to promote public oversight. Each IPIOP clerk researches, drafts, and submits a FOIA request on a controversial issue to one of many governmental agencies. Clerks also assist in litigating pending FOIA matters.

Litigation: Clerks assist EPIC staff in developing litigation strategy in key cases with significant impact on critical Internet issues. Clerk activities in this area include drafting memoranda, meeting with attorneys, and attending court hearings.

Collaboration: IPIOP works in association with public interest litigators and law school clinics across the country. A distinguished Advisory Committee oversees the work of IPIOP.


Qualifications: Energy, enthusiasm, and creativity. Currently enrolled in law school. (Students enrolled in non-US schools are welcome to apply.) Excellent writing and communication skills. Strong interest in civil liberties issues relating to the Internet, particularly free speech, privacy, open government, and democratic governance.


Application: Submit a letter of interest, resume, writing sample, law school transcripts, and three references as a combined PDF via email. Please use the email subject line “EPIC IPIOP Clerkship” and indicate semester or summer, e.g., “Fall 2015,” “Spring 2016,” or “Summer 2016.”


Application deadlines: Spring Semester (typically for an internship from Jan through April or May): September 1 – November 15; Summer (typically for an internship from May through July or August): November 1 – February 5; Fall Semester (typically for an internship from August or Sept through Dec): April 15 – July 15.


Applications will be evaluated as they are received. You are encouraged to apply early, as we will be accepting on a rolling basis. Compensation: Law schools routinely fund IPIOP clerkships. Upon law school approval, IPIOP clerks may also receive course credit for their time spent with EPIC. EPIC is happy to work with applicants to obtain funding from their respective law schools.

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The 2016 EPIC Law Fellowship

EPIC invites outstanding applications for the 2016 EPIC Law Fellowship. EPIC encourages applications from law students graduating in 2016, recent graduates, and judicial clerks.

The EPIC Law Fellow will fill an integral role in EPIC’s Washington, DC office. The Fellow will work on various EPIC Projects in areas such as Administrative Law, Appellate Advocacy, Consumer Privacy, International Privacy, Open Government, and State Policy. Creative, highly motivated, and accomplished law school graduates are encouraged to apply. The EPIC Law Fellowship is a one-year position to begin September 2016.


  • Undertake legal research
  • Draft complaints, petitions, briefs, and testimony
  • Pursue Freedom of Information Act requests and identify appellate amicus opportunities
  • Prepare posts for EPIC website and EPIC Alert
  • Participate in legal strategy sessions and coalition meetings
  • Provide support and assistance to EPIC staff and EPIC advisory board 


The EPIC Law Fellow will receive an annual salary of $51,500. EPIC provides all employees with a comprehensive benefits package.

How to Apply:

Applicants should prepare a cover letter, resume, unofficial law school transcript, and writing sample. The writing sample should be legal in nature (brief, memorandum, or research paper) and should be the applicant’s own work, not a collaborative piece or something heavily edited by someone else. Please send the complete document, not an excerpt.

Letters of recommendation are welcome and encouraged, not to exceed more than two. Applications to be submitted via email should be sent via email with the subject line “EPIC Law Fellowship.” Please direct cover letters to Khaliah Barnes, EPIC Associate Director. The application deadline is November 2, 2015.

Experience & Qualifications:

  • J.D. before September 2016;
  • Exceptional academic background;
  • Outstanding research, writing, and analytic skills;
  • Passionate commitment to public interest law;
  • Deep interest in EPIC’s subject areas.
  • Ability to work effectively in a fast-paced, team environment
  • Journal experience, such as law review, preferred but not required
  • Masters degree in computer science or related field preferred but not required
  • Clerkship preferred but not required.

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The Fullbright Program Information Session on November 12, 2015


Hecht Residential College – Faculty Master’s Apartment, Room 122, 6:00-8:00 p.m. 

The Fulbright Program awards approximately 6,000 new grants annually to support an individually designed study/research plan, artistic project, or teaching assistantship that will take place during one academic year in a country outside the U.S.

The information session will cover program basics, the ins and outs of the application process and will help students begin to organize their proposals.

Deans, department chairs, faculty members, directors of undergraduate studies, and advisors are also invited to learn how to better mentor and connect students to the educational opportunities available through this prestigious scholarship program. (Students must be U.S. citizens to apply.)

Presented byJennifer Connor, Fulbright U.S. Student Program, Outreach Program Officer for the Institute of International Education (IIE). 

All undergraduate and graduate students interested in learning more about the Fulbright Program are welcome to attend. The event is free and open to the public.  

For more information, contact: April Dobbins, Director, Office of Prestigious Awards and Fellowships.




You’re Invited to a Webinar on:


Hosted by: Rena J. Cervoni, Deputy Director and Trisha A. Fillbach, Assistant Director, Office of Attorney Recruitment and Management.

The United States Department of Justice cordially invites all 1L and 2L students to attend a free webinar on volunteer legal internships with their agency. Each year, the US DOJ hires approximately 1,800 volunteer legal interns (roughly 1,000 during the summer). The webinar will be hosted by the Office of Attorney Recruitment and Management and will provide an opportunity to learn about summer and academic-year vacancies, the application process, and answer any questions about volunteer legal internships.

This webinar is open to law students throughout the country, and the DOJ sincerely hopes interested students can attend one of the two sessions, either October 27th at 12:00 P.M. (EST) or October 29th at 3:00 P.M. (EST). To attend, please follow the RSVP instructions noted below.

In this brief 30 minute session, we will discuss our Volunteer Legal Internship Program, application process, and answer your questions about opportunities. You have two chances to attend the webinar. Please RSVP for one session by Friday, October 23, 2015. Please include your name, school, and the date you choose to attend.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015
12:00 P.M. (Eastern Standard Time)


Thursday, October 29, 2015
3:00 P.M. (Eastern Standard Time)

2 Interesting Articles on Millennials in the Workplace

Now that career-minded Millennials make up about 50% of the workplace, it is important to keep in tune with employer feedback. Below are a couple of interesting articles on millennials in the workplace.

The first article comments on the most common mistakes millennials make and how they get misperceived. It is titled “5 Office Mistakes Costing Millennials the Promotion.” 

In the second article named “3 Reasons Millennials are Getting Fired,” the author responds to millennials’ requests for a deeper understanding of how being misperceived can negatively affect their careers.


This Week at the CDO (Week of October 19, 2015)

Friday, October 23, 2015:

  • CDO OCI Employer Information Session – 12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m., Room F-209 – Workshop designed to provide an overview of the different types of judicial clerkships and the application processes. An employer participating in the Fall On-Campus Interview Program (OCI) will be hosting an information session for interested students. For questions, please contact Diane Quick, Director of the CDO.

The Congressional Innovation Fellowship

The Congressional Innovation Fellowship is a nine-month policymaking residency on Capitol Hill, starting January 2016. Fellows work directly for Members of Congress, Congressional Committees or Congressional Support Agencies to inform technology policymaking and create a community of technology leaders that understand the challenges of government.

The Congressional Innovation Fellowship is a project of TechCongress and the New America Foundation’s Open Technology Institute and made possible in part by a philanthropic seed investment from entrepreneur and investor Reid Hoffman.

Application may be accessed hereDeadline – November 2, 2015.

Free Nationwide Webinar for Students Interested in Public Defender Careers

Students interested in careers as public defenders and in criminal defense generally can join a discussion about a new Student Section of the National Association for Public Defense, NAPD. Students are invited to join a free nationwide webinar at 4 p.m. Eastern, 3 p.m. Central on Thursday, October 22, 2015.  The webinar can be accessed here.


The webinar will include a discussion of ways for students to upload their resumes to the NAPD website to apply for public defender positions.  For more information, contact Professor Steve Hanlon at Saint Louis University School of Law.


The Judge Advocate General’s School 2016 National Security Law Writing Competition -Deadline for Submissions: 15 April 2016

Overview: The Air Force Judge Advocate General’s School (AFJAGS), established in 1950 by Major General Reginald C. Harmon (the first Judge Advocate General of the Air Force), has a proud tradition of providing the highest quality education and training to legal professionals from all military services and government agencies. Through its various publications, AFJAGS serves as a clearinghouse for cutting-edge ideas on topics of interest to military law students, practitioners, academics, and the general public. In furtherance of its mission to provide the highest-quality education to meet Air Force and Department of Defense requirements, AFJAGS, in partnership with the Air Force JAG School Foundation, Inc., is pleased to announce its inaugural writing competition for practitioners, academics and policy-makers to provide unique perspectives and insights on matters of national security law.

Topic: Public-Private Partnerships & Technology in the Air Force: This year’s writing competition topic encourages scholarship on issues surrounding the implications of public-private partnerships and technology in the Air Force. Since its inception, the Air Force has been on the forefront in developing and incorporating cutting-edge technologies to enhance its mission effectiveness, from aircraft to spacecraft to capabilities in cyberspace. However, in an era of constrained resources, the Air Force has had to explore other avenues by which it can retain its technological superiority while also managing costs. One attractive methodology for accomplishing these goals is the public-private partnership, which brings public agencies and private entities together to combine resources to achieve common goals and objectives. In fact, the Air Force Future Operating Concept released in September 2015 contemplates that such partnerships with academic and commercial entities will be essential for the Air Force to operate effectively in the future. For purposes of this competition, authors should prepare works contemplating the domestic and international legalities of such partnerships in the acquisition and implementation of new technology within the Air Force, and the resulting implications for national security. Essentially, we encourage papers on any topic directly aimed at the intersection between such public-private partnerships and national security law.

Eligibility: The competition is open to all in possession of a law degree (JD, LLM, SJD, or equivalent) from an ABA accredited U.S. law school. Only original and previously unpublished papers are eligible. Papers prepared for law school credit are eligible provided they are original work. Jointly authored papers are not eligible. Entrants can have others review and critique their work, but the submission must be the entrant’s own product. The name of the reviewing professor or lawyer must be noted on the entry. Members of the faculty of AFJAGS shall not participate in the contest or review any entry on behalf of an entrant. Only one paper may be submitted per entrant.

Format: Entries may not exceed 25 pages, including title page, citations, and footnotes. Entries over 25 pages will be rejected. The text of the entry must be double-spaced, with twelve-point Times New Roman font for body text, ten-point Times New Roman font for citation text, and one-inch margins. Sources must be cited in footnotes according to The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation, conforming to the style found within the pages of The Air Force Law Review. Entrants are encouraged to review past issues of The Air Force Law Review.

Entry Procedure: Each submission must include a separate cover page with the entrant’s name, mailing and e-mail addresses, and phone number. The entrant’s name and other identifying markings must not appear on any other page of the submitted entry. Submissions must be sent via email as a Microsoft Word attachment.

Deadline: Entries must be submitted by 1630 Central Time on 15 April 2016. Winners will be selected and notified by 30 June 2016.

Judging: A distinguished panel of experts will select the winning entries from among those submitted. Judges will evaluate works submitted using standards of quality applicable to traditional academic writing, with emphasis on the following:

  • Originality – Does the work break new ground and advance the body of thought on law and policy in the national security arena?
  • Organization – Does the work clearly define a problem and present a solution within a logical contextual framework?
  • Persuasiveness – Does the work put forth a cohesive argument that is well-supported by reference to authoritative sources?
  • Mechanics – Does the work meet high standards of quality in spelling, grammar, and citation format?

Prize: The author of the first-place winning entry will receive a cash prize of $2,000 provided by the Air Force JAG School Foundation Inc. In addition, the winning entry will be published in The Air Force Law Review. The author of the second-place winning entry will receive a cash prize of $1,000 provided by the Air Force JAG School Foundation Inc. The second-place entry will also be published in The Air Force Law Review. Other authors will receive no prize money, but will have their works considered for publication. Although AFJAGS reserves first publication rights for all works submitted in the competition, authors of works not selected for first or second-place prizes will receive notice no later than 31 July 2016 of AFJAGS’ intent with respect to publication of their work. Authors whose works are not selected for publication at that time will be permitted to seek publication elsewhere. AFJAGS reserves the right to make no award in the event that the submitted articles do not meet minimum requirements and standards as determined by AFJAGS.

Republishing Rights: Authors of works selected for publication grant AFJAGS the right to re-publish their articles for two years following the date that AFJAGS provides notice of its intent to publish the author’s work. AFJAGS reserves the right to publish articles in an electronic or hard-copy format and to disseminate them as judged appropriate. Upon the expiration of this right, AFJAGS will seek permission from the author to re-publish the article.